The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire & Wild Carrot Restaurant

This afternoon Dan and I had been invited on a special treat.  We’d been offered a stay at the  Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire including dinner, to try their new menu at the Wild Carrot Restaurant.  The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is a restored 18th-century manor set in 500 acres of picturesque grounds.  When you come…

English Sparkling Wine Tasting at Albury Vineyard

Today I’d been invited by Abel & Cole to visit the beautiful Albury Vineyard nestled in the Surrey Hills.  Albury is a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard and their wines are now available to purchase through Abel & Cole.  That’s right, they don’t only do veggie boxes as I’ve just discovered but they have meat,…

Royal Savoy Hotel, Lausanne, Switzerland

Recently, I spent a beautiful Foodie weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland to experience everything that the area has to offer.  I visited ‘Les Caves Ouvertes‘ (a wine tasting festival) and sampled many of the local wines.  We tried many restaurants, food fairs and generally ate and drank our way around Lausanne.  Our base for the weekend…

Casa do Lago, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Every year we come to the Algarve in Portugal and one of my favourite bits about the holiday is eating in so many fantastic restaurants.  One of our favourites, Casa do Lago in Quinta do Lago has one of those settings that just cant be beaten.  The restaurant is found in the middle of a…

The Bayonne Festival – Les Fêtes de Bayonne, Basque Country, France

Recently I went on another trip to one of my favourite places, Biarritz in the South West of France.  Whilst there, we realised there was a big festival on in the neighbouring town of Bayonne.  (I’d only ever known Bayonne for its ham before!)  What we didn’t realise was that this is in fact the…

VIVO Bistro – Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Wow, is all I can say!  What a transformation!  I’ve been coming to Four Seasons Fairways in Quinta do Lago for as long as I can remember and they’ve had a complete revamp!  The whole clubhouse and pool has been transformed into a beautifully chic area with a new restaurant to match.  VIVO Bistro is…

What to do in the Salento Region of Puglia, Italy

Dan and I were off to Italy again!  We had been invited by the Puglia Tourist Board who promised to show us a whole host of things to do in the Salento Region.  (Puglia is the southernmost part of Italy or the ‘heel of the boot of Italy’ and Salento is the southern tip of…

Lausanne for Foodies – From Fondue to Fine Dining in Switzerland

Recently I was invited to Switzerland for the weekend to eat, drink and be merry.  I was on a tour of Lausanne for Foodies and I loved every bite!  Lausanne is a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman as it’s actually called), in Switzerland.   Getting to Lausanne Lausanne is about…

The Easy Way to see a Broadway Show with TripAdvisor

“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway!”  One of the things I definitely wanted to do during our New York trip was see a Broadway show.  I’m a huge fan of musicals and have grown up hearing about the bright lights of Broadway!  Dan less so!  He’s not a huge musical fan so…

Les Caves Ouvertes de Vaud – Région du Léman, Switzerland

This weekend I was lucky enough to be on a Foodie Tour of Lausanne and to experience Les Caves Ouvertes de Vaud.  Literally meaning ‘Open Cellars,’ this is a weekend of wine set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman as it’s actually called). Taking place in the canton (region) of Vaud, Les…

Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity – The Strand, London

Staycity Aparthotels have just opened a new hotel in a central London location!  The Wilde Aparthotel is located just off the Strand in the perfect position to explore everything London has to offer.  I’d been invited to spend the evening there to see what I thought of the new apartments and give a review. When…

Tavole di San Giuseppe – St Joseph’s Tables

This weekend we were back in Puglia!  We’d been invited to celebrate the festival of Tavole di San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Tables).  We were guests of the Mayor of Minervino di Lecce and he was excited to show us the traditions that they celebrate.  The Tavole di San Giuseppe is a festival held on the…